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Old 10-24-08, 02:02 AM
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Need Advice From Portland, ME Residents

Hey, everybody.

I'm going on a brief getaway to Portland next month. I was looking into some of those travel guide books you see at bookstores, but I figured I'd just ask the good folks here: Is there anything that I absolutely must try or do or eat during the five days that I'll be there? I talking about stuff that is unique to Portland or that you feel is necessary to get a feel for what Portland is like.

I'm not renting a car and I'll be staying downtown, so places that are accessible by foot or taxi are preferable. Also, nothing too touristy.

A couple friends of mine said that I had to try lobster rolls while I'm there.
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Wander through the Old Port section of the city. Pretty much most of what you'd want to see in Portland is there. Also downtown Congress St. If you're into beer, check out The Great Lost Bear out on Forest Ave, but that's a longer walk or taxi ride from downtown. If you're on your way out there and want to check out a decent bike store, Back Bay Bicycles is a great shop. Downtown, check out Gritty's for their microbrew. If you run out of things to do and the schedule works, you can't go too far wrong catching a Pirates hockey game at the CC Civic Center--love the minor league hockey: more skillz than college, more fights than NHL.

A decent lobster roll is a nice Maine treat, but sit down and tuck into a whole boiled lobster for an experience...

Portland is a pretty small town--there's not much you'd want to do in the city that isn't in walking distance.
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You need the right kind of lobster roll. If it's not on this kind of roll, toasted w/ butter outside and in, they're putting you on:

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And don't forget Three Dollar Dewey's for beer.
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Eat a picnic lunch on eastern prom.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
You need the right kind of lobster roll. If it's not on this kind of roll, toasted w/ butter outside and in, they're putting you on:



So it's a lobster sausage!? Frickin' sweet! I can't wait!

Definitely wanna check out some good micro-brews.

Might as well check out the bike shop, too - part of this trip is to help me decide if I want to move to Portland in a few months.

Thanks for the replies everyone, I really appreciate it! I'm sure I'll have some more questions over the next couple weeks.
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Old 11-07-08, 05:59 AM
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Resurrecting this thread to say that I think Portland is a great city! Everyone here has been really nice so far. I think I'll check out the art walk and Old Port today.
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Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
And don't forget Three Dollar Dewey's for beer.

wrong. no good. fail.

it is not the same 3 dollar deweys anymore. it hasn't been the same for 12 years.
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Old 11-07-08, 07:59 AM
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From a frequent visitor:

J's Oyster for lobstah.
For beer, head to Novare Res.
Fore Street Restaurant for food.

Agreed about Deweys. Ain't what she used to be.
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grittys is good if you like bitter beer. it is fresh beer, and college skank type bar
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Originally Posted by vtjim View Post
From a frequent visitor:

J's Oyster for lobstah.
For beer, head to Novare Res.
Fore Street Restaurant for food.

Agreed about Deweys. Ain't what she used to be.
+1 for J's, but not just lobster. The Oysters are great, the builliabasse (sp) is great, the fish sandwich is great. I like the chowder too.

Are you old enough to remember Dewey's Dark? I once talked about it with Micheal Jackson. All time 2nd favorite brew.

If the OP hasn't gone yet, hit the LL Bean Factory Outlet (downtown, COngress Ave). Longfellow House is nearby if you like history.
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Are you old enough to remember Dewey's Dark? I once talked about it with Micheal Jackson. All time 2nd favorite brew.
I don't remember it. Could be I hadn't visited before it went away.
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Wrong time of year, but Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth is pretty cool.
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in Portland the best place to go..

is the airport

no joke



















jump on a plane and get the hell out !
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What's wrong with Dewey's? I admit I've been "away" for quite a while. I know they have a new location (which doesn't help, the one time I went to the new location told me), but what else?

That's too bad... used to be a great place!
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I've enjoyed reading this thread because I'm considering eventually moving to Portland.
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Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
What's wrong with Dewey's? I admit I've been "away" for quite a while. I know they have a new location (which doesn't help, the one time I went to the new location told me), but what else?

That's too bad... used to be a great place!
it just isn't the same.



the old original floor, original bar, ....nothing compares
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Let's see. . . I went to J's earlier today and had a lobster roll. It didn't have the kind of bun that Hardy mentioned, but it was still quite tasty. Went to Gritty's as well. The beer and the chowder were both good. Had a couple of the 21st anniversary IPA's. They were on the bitter side, but not excessively so. I passed the L.L. Bean outlet earlier. I'll have to stop in tomorrow. Stopped at The Wine Bar. Kind of a weird scene, but it was OK.

Anyone know what Asylum is? Dance club? The place looks huge.

Might check out Covered In Bees tomorrow at Geno's. Are they any good?
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Why go to the outlet? Drive a half hour north to Freeport and go to the actual store. Seem kinda lame to go to a Bean outlet in Portland....
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I'm footin' it and I don't want to pay for a cab ride there.

Oh, yeah. Might have to check out Bull Feeney's. I understand they've got quite the selection of Scotch. I think I'll see if they've got any 30 yr. old single malt to celebrate my upcoming birthday.

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Originally Posted by MadCapsule View Post
Let's see. . . snip....Might check out Covered In Bees tomorrow at Geno's. Are they any good?
Hey MadCap

Did you go, are they any good ?
My daughter lives with one of them, they arent my cup of tea, but i'm old.
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Originally Posted by MadCapsule View Post
I'm footin' it and I don't want to pay for a cab ride there.
I bet you could rent a car for a day for $19.99 to make the trip up there. Tack on a few other places, too (Portland Headlight and Desert of ME, for example) to make it worth the twenty bucks.

Just a thought.
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